FAQ

About the Studio

Silverbox Studio is located in Rua Braamcamp in Lisbon, Portugal
The studio works by appointment only. Please book with us the day and time of your preference.
Rute de Carvalho Magalhães (b. 1984) Rute started her photographic journey in various types of historical or alternative photographic processes, such as cyanotype, gum bichromate, and wet plate collodion. In 2012 she founded Silverbox with Filipe Alves in Lisbon. Filipe da Veiga Ventura Alves (b. 1979) is an architect, and the visual arts have always been very important to him. He dedicates himself to photography in its various aspects, from digital to analog photography on 35mm film. He also explores other areas, such as astrophotography and photography with historical or alternative methods, such as large format Humid Collodion. He has been researching the Lippmann photographic process since 2014
Silverbox was founded in 2012 by Rute and Filipe.
Yes. We rent the studio space for photoshoots. If you are a wet plate photographer looking for a darkroom talk to us. Contact us for pricing: [email protected]

About the portraits

The photographic process we use is analog and all hand-made, and we prepare everything during the session. It takes around 30 to 45min to take one portrait.
We don’t. To make it a more personal experience we opt for the “bring your own”. This way you can choose something that speaks to you.
Because we use a photographic process that requires the person to sit still for a long period of time, it’s very hard for small children to do it or even enjoy it. We don’t recommend you to bring children smaller than 6 years old. Talk to us before you book!
Because we use a photographic process that requires the person to sit still for a long period of time, it ‘s very hard for animals to do it. Talk to us before you book!
We can easily photograph a group of up to 8 people.
A session includes one tintype only (unless additional plates are purchased). Your session does not include retakes unless there are clear issues with the image, such as closed eyes. Retakes are done at the discretion of the photographer.
What you wear can make all the difference in how your tintype looks. Creating a contrast of light and dark areas in the image can help create an image that pops. It is important to know that tintypes do not render color the same way a black and white image would. Sometimes clothing and skin tones may appear different than expected because of the pigments that make up the colors. Patterns and textures with contrast look great in tintypes! We recommend not wearing clothing with text or graphics as they will appear backward in the final image. The process flips everything horizontally. Feel free to bring in any accessories, costumes, or props that you might want to be photographed with. Have fun with it!

About the Photografic Process

Tintype is a variant of the wet plate process, invented by James Ambrose Cutting. It consists of a black-coated metal plate that is sensitized. The result is a direct positive, a black and white portrait.
Tintypes are one-of-a-kind objects and cannot be directly duplicated. We can shoot two plates of the same image that will look very similar but will vary slightly. We also offer high-resolution tintype scans which can be made into prints.
Wet plate collodion is the name of the photographic process invented by Fredrick Scott Archer in 1851. It’s called a wet plate because the photographic plate has to be wet during capture and development of the picture.